Years running: 10 (since 2012)


Toronto Animation Arts Festival International.


The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is the first top tier international animation festival in Toronto and will be held in in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district at TIFF Bell-Lightbox. It will be an exciting, eye opening look at compelling, animated storytelling with its highly anticipated content, star power and high profile screenings. It will also educate and inspire through the innovative and diverse techniques showcased in the gala premieres, screenings, keynote addresses, competitions, and awards. TAAFI will act as a tent pole event, supporting and building community by creating opportunities for studios to meet and work together through local and international networking events and social media initiatives.


  • Best Student Short 
  • Best Canadian Short 
  • Best International Short 
  • Grand Pix 
  • Audience Choice 
  • Best Kids Short


  • Submissions of animated films of all genres and animation techniques with a production date of January 2018 or later are accepted.
  • Submissions are to be made via Filmfreeway.

Selection Media Type: digital screener only, or online link (please include password in submission, if needed).

Screening Media Type: DVCAM, HD CAM, 35 мм, miniDV, MOV, DigiBeta, SDV

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Alexandra Moorshead (Event Planner); Barnabas Wornoff (Festival Chair/Community/Programming); Ben McEvoy (Sponsorship/Community/Programming); Cara McCutcheon (Public Relations); JoAnn Purcell (Agreement Signator/Registrar/Programmer); Mark Jones (Operations and Finance); Mike Weiss (Programmer); Nick Boos (Web Technical Director); Rich Duhaney (Marketing/Programming); Sara Schmidt (Filmmaker).




Official Website




147 Liberty Street
Toronto ON M6K 3G3

Phone: 416 503 1330 x44
Email: info@taafi.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    August 19, 2020
  • Deadline
    November 15, 2020
  • Notifications
    December 20, 2020
  • Event Dates
    19 — 21 February 2021
Categories & Fees

Animated film with a run time of less than 40 minutes, including all credits.

  • Deadline — free

Animation Feature with a run time greater than 40 min.

  • Deadline — free
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